Huskies 2023 Preview
- By Matt Wheeler, Day 1, 2023
As the 2023 season approaches, we take the time to look ahead to what we can expect from the Toronto Huskies this season.
The Huskies had an impressive 2022 campaign by sporting the best record in the JBL at 65-17 record. This included a 38-3 home record. The team was led by the core group of Darius Barry, Brandon Terry, Vionte Houston, and Bryant King. This unit went a league best +265 over the course of the year. Besting the success of 2021, the Huskies went on to win the ECF in 7 games against the Philadelphia Warriors. The Huskies found themselves in the finals against the defending champion, Seattle Thunder. The Thunder proved to be too much for the young Huskies as the Thunder defeated the Huskies 4-3 in a thrilling 7 game series. Barry made 3rd team All JBL. Houston and Williamson made 2nd team All Defense. Overall, 2022 was a successful year for the young Huskies. There was improvement in wins and advancement in the JBL Playoffs. The young players made advancements in their games and look to continue to develop each season.
The Huskies owned only the last pick in the draft after trading away their 1st rnd pick earlier in the season for Rickey Douglas. It’s hard to do a lot with the last pick in the draft, but the Huskies are hoping that PG Tyler McNeish can develop into a strong PG in the future. McNeish was a starter in his junior season with Kentucky where he posted solid all around numbers of 11.5ppg, 7.2apg, and shot .471% on 4.5 3pt attempts per game. McNeish will be brought on slowly, but the organization brought on the junior PG hoping that he’s more JBL ready than that of a freshman PG. NcNeish will battle for the backup PG role in training camp.
The Huskies offseason started with a surprise retirement of Rickey Douglas. Douglas was brought on in a midseason trade to be a veteran voice of leadership in the locker room and to back of Terry at PG. Douglas was solid in this role and the team was ready to bring him back to continue his great work. Unfortunately Douglas decided that it was his time to call it a career. The Huskies primary objective heading into the offseason was to re-sign Lee Horner. Horner is a 6’6 SG who hasn’t developed as fast or as nicely as the team had hoped, but has shown enough for the team to bring him back for an additional 3 years. The 2nd objective was to bring in another vet PG to back up Terry. Ortay Defoe was signed on a 1 yr deal to fill this void. Defoe has bounced around the JBL after being drafted by the Vults as the 13th overall pick in 2017. Defoe started a number of games for the expansion OKC Barons before losing that job to Jamar Strickland last year. Defoe is an average player in the JBL, but the Huskies are hoping that their free flowing offense will help Defoe set the table for other scorers. In addition to Defoe, the Huskies signed C/PF Khalid Wilson. Wilson is a high motor, defensive stopper/rebounder that has started 136 games in his JBL career. Wilson brings a hard working approach to the team and will battle C/PF Hakim Randolph for minutes off the bench. SG Karsten Barry was brought in to mentor Darius Barry………no known relation!!!! Barry is a 14 yr JBL vet who can provide some scoring and playmaking off the bench.
2023 Training Camp
The Huskies have invited 18 players to this year’s training camp. The depth chart entering training camp looks like this.
PG Brandon Terry
SG Vionte Houston
SF Darius Barry
PF Quavius Williamson
C Bryant King